Trammell Crow to Build Medical Office Building

Trammell Crow Co. plans to build a 93,000-square-foot medical office building at National Harbor to be completed by the fall of 2018.

The company has about 1 acre under contract from National Harbor developer Peterson Cos., said Trammell Crow Senior Vice President Trevor Vietor. The Medical Pavilion at National Harbor will be located at the intersection of St. George and National Harbor boulevards, next to the The Esplanade apartment complex.

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Piscataway Hills Day

Please join the honorable Rushern L Baker, III for Piscataway Hills Day at Lot 39 -Waterfront Park.  This event will happen on May 2nd at 1PM.  

Guest Speaker: Congressmen Steny Hoyer

The event will include the Proclamation of Piscataway Hills Day, a Piscataway Drive re-opening ceremony, and the recondition of a reconnected, restored and unified community.

RSVP to Paulette Jones at (301) 883-5600 or

28th Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup

Please set aside some time on Saturday, April 16th from 9:00am to 2:00pm, and join your neighbors as volunteers for the most worthy event.

As in years past we’ll be collecting trash:

  • On Lot 39 waterfront park
  • Along Piscataway Creek shoreline towards Fort Washington Marina
  • Along Piscataway Creek shoreline towards Route 210 overpass (again this year’s emphasis – volunteers are needed to park/walk in from 210)
  • On Piscataway Creek island

Gloves, trash bags, and water transportation will be provided, as well as morning coffee & donuts and an afternoon hotdog BBQ lunch.

If walking along Piscataway Creek shoreline picking up trash is not “your thing”, we also need volunteers to:

  • Help sign in other volunteers
  • Record trash items collected
  • Transport trash collected to Fort Washington Marina
  • BBQ chef for afternoon lunch
  • Take pictures of our trash bounty and heroic efforts

Hope to see you April 16th!

For more information, contact event coordinators Deborah Kutzled or Dave Lishin.

PHCA Quarterly Meeting


Welcome and Introduction of New Neighbors – Gwynn

  • Introduction of Guest Speaker, Don Herring, Maryland National Park and Planning,
  • Introduction of P.G. County Detective for District VII, regarding recent thefts and regarding 400 Miles of New Trails for P.G. County vandalism

Old Business:

  • Phase I Surveillance Camera Completed & Kelly Rd Squatters – Neal
  • Neighborhood Watch Program Update – George & Joni
  • FY 2015 3rd Quarter Budget Report – Don
  • Lower Piscataway Drive Repair Updates & Questions – Daisy
  • Piscataway Dr. Entrance Monthly Trash Pick Update – Debbie

New Business:

  • Phase 2 Surveillance Camera Starting – Spring/Summer 2015 – Debbie
  • Community Involvement in 400 Miles of Trails – Gwynn
  • Progressive Dinner Fundraiser for September 2015 – Gwynn
  • Relocation of 2015 Oktoberfest to Piscataway Court – Gwynn

E-Mail Notification: If you are not already receiving e-mail notifications about PHCA events and other community news, please send your current e-mail address to Treasurer Don Benedict

Trail advocates push for bridge in Fort Washington

Walkers following the Piscataway Creek Trail to the Fort Washington Marina often get discouraged by a swath of wetlands that inhibits travel and trail use, residents say.

“It’s divided,” said Mark Holt, the co-founder of the coalition. “Without going all the way through it’s much less usable by the public. It doesn’t connect to anything.”

To boost interest in the trail, members of the coalition are pushing for the construction of a wetland bridge, a project that’s been funded since 2010, but has yet to get off the ground.

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Draft Report on Piscataway Drive Slope Failure Released

Here is the Preliminary Piscataway Drive Slope Failure report that was released by Prince Georges County.  There is a scheduled meeting today will address questions about the report>  Representatives from KCI and the County Department of Public Works and Transportation will be in attendance.

Additionally, the Department of Social Services is distributing $500 Walmart gift cards to the impacted families of the slope failure.  These cards were donated by the Walmart Foundation.

Oktoberfest 2013

Oktoberfest: Food, Games, and Trees on a Sunny Fall Day

Past President Gwynn Roberson serves the feast

Past President Gwynn Roberson serves the feast

An estimated 75 Piscataway Hills residents and guests enjoyed a sunny fall day at the annual Oktoberfest at Lot 39 Waterfront Park on October 5.

The food followed an appropriate German theme, including traditional bratwurst and turkey-stuffed bierocks prepared by Gwynn Roberson, PHCA’s immediate past president.

Maureen Bartee prevents underage drinking by twins Ryan and Colin

Maureen Bartee prevents underage drinking by twins Ryan and Colin

Gwynn also made drunken chicken over noodles, applesauce, and chicken sausage with red peppers and spinach. Diane Lishin helped with the food preparation, providing cheesy potatoes and baked beans.

“As usual, Gwynn Roberson took care of the neighborhood—hats off to Gwynn,” said PHCA Acting President Dave Lishin, while also crediting his wife’s able assistance.

The dessert table was overflowing with pineapple upside down cake, raspberry German chocolate cake, rum raisin cake, pumpkin cookies, and much, much more. Revelers also enjoyed a wide range of German and non-German beer and wine.

Kids enjoy the climbing wall

Kids enjoy the climbing wall

At the height of the event, which ran from 2-6 p.m., all the Waterfront Park picnic tables were full, along with numerous extra chairs. The new Waterfront Park playground again proved popular with the kids, who also enjoyed volleyball, badminton, and other games.






Black Forest Cake by Eva Mitter did not last long.

Black Forest Cake by Eva Mitter did not last long.

Eva Mitter, who moved to her home on Piscataway Drive from Tyson’s Corner in the summer of 2012, was attending her second Piscataway Hills Oktoberfest. She said she had “scoured the entire metro area” to find a peaceful home in a natural setting. “Getting up in the morning and looking at all the trees is simply amazing,” she said while relaxing at one of the shady picnic tables.

A first-time Oktoberfest guest, Bre Malone of Clarksburg, Md., was very impressed with Lot 39 Waterfront Park: “I did not know you guys had all this water and the beautiful trees.”


Old Fort Road Casino Plan Raises Concern


Proposed Parx Casino

A proposal to build an $800 million casino-hotel-entertainment complex next to Livingston Square shopping center in Fort Washington has sparked considerable concern among Piscataway Hills residents.

The Parx Casino Hotel & Spa, proposed by Greenwood Racing in May 2013, would be constructed on 22 acres of mostly wooded land at the intersection of Indian Head Highway (MD 210) and Old Fort Road North (across from the Giant supermarket). According to the developer, the facility, if approved, would include 4,750 slot machines, 170 table games, a 250 room hotel and a 5,000-space parking garage.

The Parx proposal is one of three that are competing for the right to build and operate one casino in Prince George’s County, as authorized by Maryland voters in 2012. The other two proposed casinos are at Rosecroft Raceway, sponsored by Penn National Gaming, and at National Harbor, sponsored by MGM Resorts.

At a community meeting held in Tantallon in response to the Parx plan, area residents, including several from Piscataway Hills, noted that the Old Fort Road location has the worst highway access of the three sites, with congested Indian Head Highway providing the primary access to the Beltway. Participants at the meeting also contended that the Parx casino would create unacceptable environmental damage, such as the destruction of woodland and heightened stormwater runoff in the Broad Creek Historic District.

Casino supporters cite jobs and tax benefits. “The proposed development is expected to create more than 5,000 jobs and $1 billion of annual economic benefit to the state upon completion, along with approximately 5,000 construction jobs and more than $600 million of economic benefit during the construction phase of the project,” according to a press release from Greenwood Racing. “In addition, the casino operation is projected to generate more than $400 million of gaming tax rev- enue for the state and local communities.”

A public hearing on the Parx proposal will be held Wednesday, October 23, at 6 p.m. at Friendly High School. (Hearings on the Rosecroft proposal will be October 21 and the MGM plan on October 25.) The hearings will be conducted by the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission (VLFLC), which will select the proposal to be constructed. Before each public hearing, the Commission will tour the proposed site at 2 p.m. and hear a presentation from the sponsor at 3:30 p.m.

“The purpose of each of the site visits and public hearings is for the Commissioners to view the proposed location, observe the surrounding community, get a sense of the size and scope of the proposed facilities, to hear directly from the applicants, and to listen to the public support and public concerns about the proposed project” said Commission Chairman Donald C. Fry.

For more information on the hearings and how to testify or submit a statement, see the Commission web site.

PHCA Annual Meeting; Elections; Neighborhood Watch

With former President Gwynn Roberson, Secretary Debbie Kutzleb, and Board Member Troy Lee not running for re-election, the Piscataway Hills Citizens Association will have significant leadership changes following the annual membership meeting on September 24.

Candidates for the vacant officer positions could not be found, so under the bylaws, Vice President Dave Lishin will serve as Acting President. The position of Secretary remains vacant, but Joni Jones volunteered to be on the board and was elected unanimously. Members also approved a motion thanking Gwynn Roberson for her service as President; she will remain on the board as Immediate Past President.

Other issues discussed at the annual meeting included the neighborhood watch program, the PHCA budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, and excessively noisy parties.

Board Members George Satterthwaite and Joni Jones provided a status report on PHCA’s efforts to establish an officially recognized neighborhood watch program. The program is designed to enhance the reporting of suspicious activities in the neighborhood to the police. Piscataway Hills is to be divided into 10 zones, each with a block captain. Volunteers and other members of the community are to report suspicious activities to the block captains, who will then contact the appropriate offices within the Prince George’s County Police Department. The program will probably not include scheduled citizen patrols, George said.

The first step in establishing a neighborhood watch is to obtain signed petitions from at least 75% of the households in the community. Piscataway Hills has 172 homes, with 15 of them vacant, meaning that 117 signatures are needed. George reported that he and the other organizers, after canvassing the community and approaching residents at Oktoberfest on October 5, had collected 109 signatures and need only eight more to submit the neighborhood watch application. More block captains are also still needed, he said. Once the signatures are gathered and the block captains are trained, then PHCA would receive two free “neighborhood watch” signs and could buy additional signs. It was proposed at the meeting that PHCA purchase enough signs so that each of the 10 zones could have one.

Treasurer Don Benedict reported that PHCA ran a surplus of about $600 during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, ending with a balance of $4,368 and 60 dues-paying members. The surplus was achieved despite the one-time expenditure of $1,079 for the new playground at Lot 39 Waterfront Park. Members at the annual meeting ap- proved the proposed budget for 2013-2014, which for the first time includes a $750 premium for liability insurance, a subject that had been debated extensively at earlier quarterly meetings.

The annual meeting concluded with a discussion of excessively noisy parties in Piscataway Hills. It was pointed out that Prince George’s County prohibits noise that is audible more than 50 feet from its source from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., with fines of up to $250 for the first offense and $500 for the second offense and up to 30 days in jail.

The noise ordinance can be found at:

Long-Awaited Community Center Opens with Gym, Dance Studio, Computers

After years of construction delays, the Fort Washington Forest Community Center officially opened September 27.

New Fort Washington Forest Fitness Center

New Fort Washington Forest Fitness Center

The new community center includes a full-sized gymnasium, a weight room, a dance studio, a computer lab, an arts and crafts room, multipurpose rooms, and a teen lounge. Attached to Fort Washington Forest Elementary School, the community center is within easy walking distance of Piscataway Hills, directly across Indian Head Highway (MD 210) at 1200 Fillmore Road.

Basketball players enjoy new gym after grand opening

Basketball players enjoy new gym after grand opening

Classes currently being offered at the center include basketball, zumba, sewing, jewelry, computers, senior fitness, tae kwon do, spin, and a wide variety of dance.

The center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Xtreme Teens only from 7-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays) and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 301-292-4300 or see the center’s web site.